Redding, Ca. Police Officer on Paid Leave Following DUI Arrest

By Topher

A police officer in Redding, Ca., is currently on paid leave after his arrest last week for suspicion of driving a city vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Matthew R. Zalesny was stopped by Redding police early Aug. 17 and subsequently arrested by California Highway Patrol Officer Kurt Heuer.

Police Chief Peter Hansen told the Record Searchlight that Zalesny was cited and arrested, and that the officer is now on paid administrative leave as a department investigation is carried out.

Zalesny’s law enforcement duties have also been suspended, Hansen told the newspaper.
The criminal investigation of the case has been handed over to the CHP in accordance with standard department procedure. The case is currently being prepared for the Shasta County District Attorney’s review.

Zalesny, 44, was born and raised in Redding and has worked for 23 years as a law enforcement officer.
After beginning his career with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy in 1988, he moved to the Anderson Police Department three years later. While there, he worked patrol and served as an officer in the department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.

Zalesny has been with the Redding Police Department since 1994, where he has worked as an identification technician, taught defensive strategies, served on the SWAT team and served as a field training officer.
In 2007, Redding police honored Zalesny and a group of other officers for their work on an anti-gang enforcement unit.

Zalesny’s DUI arrest marks the second among Redding police officers in the last five years. In 2006, Christopher Jacoby was arrested when CHP officers found his car plowed off a highway embankment.

Jacoby pleaded guilty to the charge, paid fines, and spent ten days in jail before eventually returning to work as a Redding Police Department investigator.

Redding Police declined to provide the newspaper with the conditions of Jacoby’s discipline for the DUI arrest.



The Complexities of a DUI case

By Mary Ann

Over at the New Jersey DWI & Criminal Defense Blog, Thomas Martin weights in on a recent state supreme court case with potential ramifications for anyone asked to take a breathalyzer test during a police stop. From the blog:

“The battle being fought between the defense and the State in Spell was whether or not law enforcement had to read the last paragraph of the required refusal form (referred to as the second paragraph) in every DWI case.”

His post, and the New Jersey Supreme Court case, are a good reminder of how DUI charges are full of intricacies and minute details that can have a big impact on the outcome of your case. This is one reason why so many people arrested for DUI turn to DUI attorneys for help.



World’s Most Famous DUI Case Solved

By Mary Ann

Princess Diana’s driver was drunk at the time of her death in 1997. DUI has long been suspected in the crash, along with numerous conspiracy theories. The official British report will say that Diana’s driver, Henri Paul, had a BAC three times the legal limit in France when he crashed her car into a tunnel support. Diana was not wearing her seatbelt.

Original post-mortem blood samples from Paul have been tested for his BAC. One conspiracy theory holds that someone else’s blood sample, who was drunk, was substituted for Paul’s and that Paul was not drunk. This DUI conspiracy theory is part of a theory that Diana was pregnant with Dodi Fayed’s baby, so she was murdered to keep the pregnancy a secret.